Event Photography for TEDx Paramaribo Women

A few months ago I was hired to cover the first TEDx Paramaribo event for women as the main event photographer. The TEDx Women events are TEDx events focusing specifically on topics concerning women. The theme for the first TEDx Paramaribo Women event was “Momentum.” In the gallery below you can view some of the photos I took during this event.

The organizer of the event — Jennifer Wong Swie San — was kind enough to write the below testimonial for me (which you can also find on the testimonials page on my website).

As the organizer of an event with very high media exposure we were looking for a photographer who could capture moments of our event, which would simultaneously be useful for all our media channels such as social media, website, publications and the international TED platform. The pictures we received were usable in a variety of ways because of the perfect finish and unique shots that just gave that little extra, so that they didn’t just look like a regular reportage, but by themselves also provided compelling visuals and atmosphere. Thanks to Karel’s reportage TEDxParamaribo has enough footage for all our media channels and we can ensure a high-quality appearance and consistency in all our visual communication. Karel’s graphics are also very creative and original such that our visual identity, theme and design reinforce each other. I would definitely recommend Karel. Originality distinguishes him from every other company, and eventually it will pay for itself because quality visuals automatically generate confidence.

Jennifer Wong Swie San

If you’re wondering about the mention of graphics in the above quote, that’s because I’ve also done graphics for other TEDx Paramaribo events in the past.

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Preview WMF and EMF images in Windows File Explorer

EMF and WMF Thumbnails and Preview in Windows File Explorer

EMF and WMF Thumbnails and Preview in Windows File Explorer

A few weeks ago I was browsing through some old clip art folders containing Windows Meta File (WMF) images and noticed that I couldn’t view thumbnails for these images in Windows File Explorer. This made it difficult to find what I was looking for in folders containing hundreds of images. I searched online for Windows Shell Extensions that would enable thumbnails for these files, but the ones I found didn’t work for some reason. So I decided to write my own thumbnail and preview handler shell extensions for WMF and EMF (Enhanced Meta File) images.

I saw it as a nice opportunity for me to play with the new release of Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 on Windows 10, and also to get myself familiar with using GitHub.

As you can see in the screenshot above (taken on Windows 10), after installing the extension, you get thumbnails for WMF and EMF images in Windows File Explorer. You can also enable the Preview pane from the View tab above for a larger preview on the right of the selected image. So far I’ve tested the extension on both the 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows 7, 8 and 10.

If you are interested in using this extension, you can download the setup packages below. The C++ source code is available on GitHub. It’s provided under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International Public License, so you are free to use, modify and share it. Suggestions for improvements and bug-fixes are welcome.

Download: WMFPreview Releases on GitHub

From the Seed of Life to the Swastika

In my post on the Cycle of Life, I had already mentioned in passing how the swastika symbol comes out of the seed of life motif. In this post I want to discuss this in more details so that the connection can be more easily made for those who still can’t see it on their own. If you’re new to this, I recommend reading my post on the Cycle of Life before continuing with the information below.

Seed of Life

We’ll start with the seed of life motif shown above, with the equilateral triangle from where it all started still visible behind it (the equilateral triangle is in black).

Yin and Yang

The yin and yang symbol is a simplified representation of the seed of life. As you can see in the image above, we get to the yin and yang symbol (in thick blue lines) by simplifying the seed of life and leaving out most of the lines. The fact that the seed of life is actually a system that is in constant motion rotating around its centroid (explained in more details here) is also expressed in the yin and yang symbol.


If we rotate a copy of the yin and yang symbol by 90° and place it back on the original copy, we get the swastika (in orange lines), which also clearly expresses the fact that this symbol is dynamic and in constant motion. So the swastika is really also a simplified representation of the seed of life.

Now you may say that the symbol above doesn’t look a lot like the swastika most people are familiar with. Most of us grew up with the swastika as it was used on the flag of Adolf Hitler’s political movement in Germany. That version of the swastika had straight lines — what some people refer to as a “male” version of the swastika, as opposed to the more feminine looking version above with the curved lines.

It turns out that the “male” version of the swastika is a further simplification of the more “female” looking version.


As you can see in the above image, the orange lines that form the swastika symbol are actually halves of the circumference of four small circles (shown with light grey dashed lines) that are connected to the centroid of the blue outer circle. Note that the radius — and thus the circumference — of each of the smaller circles is half of the blue outer circle. There’s a constant doubling process going on as we move outwards from the centroid to the edge of the blue outer circle, as discussed in my post on the Cycle of Life, so the fact that the swastika is composed of half of the smaller circles is not by chance. In addition, there are a total of 9 points (shown as black dots) where all these circles intersect, and this is also not by chance. The number 9 is a very important number — perhaps the most important number — within this system, and I also explain why in my post on the Cycle of Life.


Also note in the above image, that from the perspective of the centroid (p) of each of the four smaller circles, the black intersection points are separated by 90°. Remember that we had to rotate the yin and yang symbol by 90° to get to the swastika. The orange lines that form the swastika go through these 9 intersection points.


As you can see from the above image, we get from the “female” version of the swastika (orange lines) to the “male” version (blue lines) by connecting the black intersection points with straight lines.


By connecting the black intersection points with straight lines we get a shorter — and also a more rigid (“male”) looking — path between these points, and this is why I mentioned above that the “male” version of the swastika is a further simplification of the “female” version.


In the end we are left with the symbol as shown in the image above, and this is the swastika sign as most people have become familiar with in recent times, especially after Hitler started using it in Germany.

"You will see. My spirit will arise from the grave. One day people will see that I was right." -- Adolf Hitler (quoted in Hitler's War by David Irving)

“You will see. My spirit will arise from the grave. One day people will see that I was right.” — Adolf Hitler (quoted in Hitler’s War by David Irving)

It’s very important to realize that Hitler didn’t invent this symbol, just like the “Illuminati” et al didn’t invent the symbol of the All Seeing Eye. The swastika is a very ancient symbol and has its origins in very ancient knowledge which describes the fundamental nature of the reality we live in. This very important knowledge was made occult (hidden or secret) in order to dumb us down and be able to use it against most of humanity.

As Charles Gilchrist once mentioned, “Adolf Hitler was a serious metaphysician.” And I think there’s a reason why he chose to use this symbol as the logo for his political movement in Germany. In fact, Hitler and his political party — the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (NSDAP) — frequently used ancient (pagan) symbolism in their emblems, that would suggest that they were very aware of the true nature of the reality we live in, and how the fundamental energy of nature could be harnessed to benefit humanity. The following quote supports this view:

National Socialism is not a cult-movement — a movement for worship; it is exclusively a ‘volkic’ political doctrine based upon racial principles. In its purpose there is no mystic cult, only the care and leadership of a people defined by a common blood-relationship… We will not allow mystically-minded occult folk with a passion for exploring the secrets of the world beyond to steal into our Movement. Such folk are not National Socialists, but something else — in any case something which has nothing to do with us. At the head of our programme there stand no secret surmisings but clear-cut perception and straightforward profession of belief. But since we set as the central point of this perception and of this profession of belief the maintenance and hence the security for the future of a being formed by God, we thus serve the maintenance of a divine work and fulfill a divine will — not in the secret twilight of a new house of worship, but openly before the face of the Lord… Our worship is exclusively the cultivation of the natural, and for that reason, because natural, therefore God-willed. Our humility is the unconditional submission before the divine laws of existence so far as they are known to us men.

Adolf Hitler, in Nuremberg on 6 September 1938

I understand that for most people today, who grew up with lots of propaganda targeted at demonizing Hitler, this information might be difficult to accept at first. The fact of the matter is that much of what we learned about Hitler is simply based on lies, and I highly recommend studying the information in my post “Adolf Hitler: The Greatest Story NEVER Told” for more details.

Finally, if you’re interested in learning about the important knowledge about nature that is behind the symbol of the swastika, check out my post on the Cycle of Life.

I’m not voting, and I’m ashamed I once did

I once voted, and deeply regret it

I once voted, and deeply regret it

I took the above picture of my hand 5 years ago on May 25th, 2010, after I came back home from voting during the elections in Suriname. I cringe every time I see it. Voting on that day will go down as one of the worst mistakes I ever made in my life. I’m deeply ashamed of it, and even more ashamed of the above image.

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When I published my post about the Cycle of Life a few days ago, I noticed that the date was May 15th, 2015 on the clock on my computer. I thought to myself that that was an interesting date to be publishing such a post, seeing as how I discussed the significance of numbers and the mathematical principles that underlie our universe in that post.

The date 5-15-2015 eventually adds up to 1 in numerology (5+1+5+2+0+1+5=19 and 1+9=10 and 1+0=1). And like I discussed in my post, mathematically the number 1 is the beginning and the end of the cycle of life in our physical 3D reality (see the explanation of the VBM diagram there). So it’s an interesting coincidence that I posted an article about the Cycle of Life on a date that, not only looks interesting, but also eventually adds up to the number where the cycle of life begins and ends!

But even more interesting is that the following day, my dad called me up at night telling me he was reading my post, and asked if I knew about the number 19 and the Quran. He explained that the number 19 is a special number in the Quran (Quran code), and that it is encoded in various ways throughout the book, including the number of times the name of god is mentioned. From Wikipedia:

In 1968, Egyptian biochemist Rashad Khalifa claimed he had discovered an intricate mathematical pattern when he placed the original Arabic text of the Quran into a computer. The intricate pattern was found to be divisible by a common denominator of the number 19, hence “code-19″ is sometimes used to popularly describe Khalifa’s work or the community of Qur’an alone Muslims who go by the name of the Submitters.

The foundation of the code is the Quran’s first verse, “In the Name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful” (بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم ) known as Bismillah ArRahman ArRahim, which consists of 19 Arabic letters. Its constituent words occur in the Quran consistently in multiples of 19.

The Quran’s 19 code, however, is not limited to the first verse only. Historically, the first chapter ever revealed to Muhammed was chapter 96, The Embryo. This chapter contains 19 verses. The first portion revealed consisted of what is now the first 5 verses. These include 19 words which comprise 76 letters (19×4). The whole chapter contains 304 letters, or 19×16.

Notice how code-19 is connected to the first verse in the Quran, and the first chapter revealed to the prophet Muhammed. As explained above, the number 19 eventually adds up to the number 1, which stands for the beginning and the end of the Cycle of Life — just like god being “the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end” (Revelation 1:8) in the bible.

I didn’t know about code-19 before my dad mentioned it to me on the phone, so I told him so. And during our conversation on the phone, I had actually forgotten about the publishing date of my post. It wasn’t until some time after the phone call, that I suddenly remembered that the date that I published my post on also added up to 19 (5+1+5+2+0+1+5=19).

It’s a strange coincidence that my dad would call me up to tell me about the significance of the number 19, seeing as how my post about the significance of numbers in our reality and in religion, was published on a date adding up to 19 as well. It’s even stranger when you consider what I explained above about the number 19 eventually adding up to the number 1, and that I published my post about the Cycle of Life on a date that eventually adds up to the number 1 where the cycle begins and ends.

Could this be a wink of approval from the universe? Such “coincidences” happen very frequently in my life. There are even more interesting ones, and I’ll be writing about them as well in the future.

The Cycle of Life

The fundamental energy that’s responsible for all life in the universe, including the universe itself, is consciousness. Consciousness is what animates everything in the universe down to even the smallest particle. Analogous to our computer technology, if we see the matter in our universe as the hardware, then consciousness is the software that drives the hardware. But in the case of consciousness the relationship goes much deeper than that — the software actually also creates the hardware. A better analogy would therefore be a computer simulation — for example, a videogame set in a virtual 3D world — where the software not only creates the objects inside the virtual environment, but also drives the behavior of those objects. Every object, and indeed every particle, in the simulation has a piece of the software attached to it that drives its behavior, also known as artificial intelligence (AI).

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Dropbox moves to Ireland to avoid taxes

I got the below email from Dropbox today explaining that they’re going to start providing their services to international customers via Ireland starting on June 1st 2015. The reasons given are to “better serve you and the growing number of Dropbox users around the world.” Of course, we know better.

Dropbox Tax Avoidance

Dropbox Tax Avoidance

If you look past the BULLSHIT reasons given in their email for this move to Ireland, and do some research into why Ireland appears to be so popular among these big corporations, you’ll quickly find that it’s for reasons having to do with tax avoidance. I had blogged about this before and in that post I had used an example of Facebook; Facebook too has been offering their advertising services via Ireland for years now.

I’m not against tax avoidance, because I know the whole world is currently being enslaved by the criminal Zionist central bankers and their monetary system based on usury of which income taxation is a part. It’s the same evil system Adolf Hitler and Muammar al-Qaddafi fought against in the past, trying to free their people from debt-slavery. Somehow you have to try to defend yourself and minimize the damage done to you.

However, I would have hoped that the founders and CEOs of these corporations would grow some balls and finally stand up against — or at the very least speak out openly about — this system of slavery via taxation, instead of citing bullshit reasons for why they are fleeing to other countries.

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

Edmund Burke

We can’t run from our problems forever. So Dropbox et al, how about telling your users exactly why you’re moving to Ireland and educating them about the reality of this system of enslavement we’re currently living in, instead of remaining cowards and fucking hypocrites? If you do that, I’m sure things will start improving rapidly for all of us.

Why ancient symbols are demonized

Throughout history important knowledge has very often been kept secret by groups of people who wanted to keep the masses ignorant and docile, so that they could easily be controlled, manipulated and enslaved. In the cases where this knowledge couldn’t be repressed, the information was either manipulated so that it lost its true meaning, or was demonized (portrayed as wicked and threatening) and often made illegal so that the people would fear it and automatically stay away from it.

This is the case with many of the very ancient symbols such as the All Seeing Eye. Like I discussed in the past, a lot of knowledge is compressed and encoded in these simple symbolic visual representations — important knowledge concerning the fundamental nature of the reality we live in. Knowing their true meaning unleashes true power for the individual, who then cannot be enslaved anymore.

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Why I’m always right

The title of this post is sure to piss some people off or make them think I’m arrogant, and possibly even both. But before you prematurely jump to any conclusions, keep reading, because I’m going to tell you how you, too, can always be right.

In the past, people have often remarked that I always think I’m right or that I always want to be right during discussions (probably because I don’t easily give up). And it’s true that most of the time I stand very firmly and confidently behind my views on a particular subject. This is often misunderstood by people as me “just wanting to be right” or even me being “arrogant.” But the fact of the matter is that I don’t even care about being right as much as I care about staying close to the truth.

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Why I like sharing knowledge

When I was a teenager and got interested in learning how to write computer programs, I didn’t have access to a lot of information on the subject. There was a local library in the district of Nickerie where I lived, but the books on computers and Information Technology were very old. Much of the information in those books was still useful, but I couldn’t find any books on the more modern programming languages that I wanted to learn. On top of that, the people who did have those books often liked to keep them for themselves and didn’t like to share any of their knowledge.

Fortunately I had a group of close friends that did like to share knowledge but resources were still very limited. Mostly I had to rely on the very limited information provided by online help systems that came with the compilers, in those cases where I actually had a complete copy of the software (yes, even that was a problem quite often).

In the beginning it was difficult for me to understand why people liked to keep their knowledge to themselves and were very secretive. I was very eager to learn, and thought that everyone would recognize how that was a very positive thing, and that they would gladly share any information they had that would help me to learn. But what I found on the contrary, is that they limited access to certain information and didn’t like to share. For example, sometimes there would be instances where I’d see someone do something really cool on the computer, and I’d ask how he did that, and would get the typical answer of “oh, I can’t tell you that” followed by a smile.

Those kinds of experiences are an important reason for why I like to share knowledge. I know what it’s like to want to learn something but not being able to have access to any information. I also know how limiting a lack of access to information can be, and how difficult such circumstances are. I also know how the sharing of knowledge can help other people to grow, and will ultimately benefit all of us. That’s why I love the Internet, and think it’s the best thing that ever happened to humankind. Children who are growing up today and have access to the Internet have such a huge advantage; they’re growing up in such a wealth of knowledge. Sometimes I wonder how much more I could have achieved and how much quicker I could have learned if I had access to the Internet when I was growing up. I’m very sure that I would have achieved a lot more a lot faster.

And it’s a bit surprising and sad at the same time that even today there are still people who like to hoard knowledge. One of the reasons why I know this, is because people approach me all the time with all kinds of questions about things that I am good at (be it photography, programming or design etc.), and quite often are surprised by how quickly and freely I like to share any knowledge and insights that I have with them. They then mention to me that they’re not used to that and that others are not like this. It’s often the case that they want to know how to do something specific, or how I achieved a specific result etc., and I’m always happy to help. If I’m very busy and their request requires a long and complicated answer, at the very least I’ll point out where they can find the exact information they’re looking for. These days detailed information and tutorials are available on the Internet for almost anything, so it’s always more efficient to point people at those sources. It also teaches and shows them where they can find the information themselves so that they don’t have to rely on me anymore. Teaching people how to look for and find the information they need is a lot more useful than simply giving the information to them; it helps to make them independent.

Knowledge should be freely and openly available to everyone. It will only accelerate our development and the improvements we can make to our lives and societies. It’s sad that in certain cases, due to the fact that we live in a monetary based society, people aren’t always able to share knowledge as freely as they would otherwise be willing to do. We see that even when it concerns the availability of knowledge, a monetary based society is one of the limiting factors for achieving abundance. In such societies people are often hesitant to share knowledge because they might be afraid of losing income due to losing the competitive advantage their knowledge gives them. At other times it can be for copyright reasons, patents, etc.

In any case, be assured that you can always feel absolutely free to approach me with any questions that you may have, and that I will be happy to share any information with you that might help you.

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